DOH Red Orchid Awards 2012: And the winners are…
By: Jenelyn Ellie P. Ventura, RN, MAN
For the third time, the DOH-Center for Health Development SOCCSKSARGEN Region bagged the Red Orchid Award that put us in the Hall of Fame. Others may think that we are doing this for the sake of awards but we would like to tell the public that our department is very serious in implementing a 100% tobacco-free environment.
Why Red Orchid? When the World Health Organization launched World No Tobacco Day in 1999, the world-renowned photographer Ashvin Gatha designed a symbol for its campaign, and this is the orchid in the ashtray which presents an alternative – life and flower instead of death and ash. In 2001, the orchid remains the symbol of a tobacco-free world, but the ashtray is gone. The WHO said that keeping the orchid reminds us that the campaign to end the tobacco epidemic is far from over.
Red Orchid Awards is a Search for 100% Tobacco-Free Centers for Health Development, Government Hospitals, Government Offices and Local Government Units. It follows the World Health Organization (WHO) FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON TOBACCO CONTROL that recommends adoption of measures to provide protection from exposure to smoke in indoor workplaces, public transport, indoor places, and other public places, as well as REPUBLIC ACT 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 that provides protection from exposure to tobacco smoke.
Moreover, the Department of Health (DOH) issued Administrative Order 2009-0010 on the COMPREHENSIVE 100% SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT POLICY which calls on the absolute smoking ban in DOH offices, hospitals and attached agencies and engaging local government units to do the same in their health facilities and other public places, while the Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 17 in 2010 on SMOKING PROHIBITION BASED ON THE 100% SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT POLICY in all government agencies. Also, LTFRB MC 2009-0036 requires a 100% Smokefree Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) and Public Land Transportation Terminals and the Department of Education issued DepEd order No. 73 or “Smoking Ban in Public Schools”.
It is necessary to fully implement tobacco-free laws and policies in the country to protect the population, especially the youth who are the targets of the tobacco industry, from the harmful effects of tobacco use and exposure.
And for this year, SOCCSKSARGEN Region nominees get the awards per category, as follows:
Today isSunday, 1 February 2015
The Regional Director